Abelana Horse Safaris
Abelana Horse Safaris are headed up by renowned safari guide and equestrienne Tamlyn Whitebread. The safaris offer riders the chance to experience the magic of Abelana Game Reserve and experience up-close and personal encounters with wildlife on this beautiful 15,000ha Big Five private game reserve.
We offer three, four or seven-night safaris, giving guests the chance to explore the reserve’s incredible landscapes, accompanied by experienced, qualified guides.
Our horse safaris operate throughout the year and are based at Abelana Safari Camp in the southern part of the reserve. They are designed for groups of no more than eight people as these small groups enable us to tailor-make the experience and exceed guest expectations.
As well as being environmentally friendly, being on horseback often provides excellent, up-close game sightings as horse and riders are perceived by wildlife to be part of the landscape and non-threatening.
The 12 boerperd and boerperd crossbred horses at Abelana are well-schooled and have been ridden extensively in a Big Five reserve environment. The boerperd is a South African breed, originally of Arab descent, that is known for being strong and hardy. The horses at Abelana are calm and used to being out in the bush and encountering wild animals.
Accommodation is at Abelana Safari Camp and morning rides generally leave early, lasting approximately three hours and returning to camp for brunch. Guests will be able to relax in camp during the hotter part of the day, either in their en-suite tent, in the main lounge area or on the elevated viewing deck with extensive views over an active waterhole.
An afternoon ride for between two and three hours will take place after tea and will culminate with sundowners back at camp or out in the bush, from where you will be transported back to camp in an open game viewer, spotting nocturnal animals en-route. From January 2020 the option of a full-day approximately 30km trail ride with an overnight stay at the newly built Abelana River Lodge on the Selati River will be available. Should guests wish to have a break from riding, a game drive or walk can be arranged.
Safety and Equipment
Saddles and tack are provided but guests are requested to bring their own equipment and kit for rides. Helmets are compulsory for all riding activities. The safety of guests is paramount and all guests joining one of our safaris will be required to demonstrate an appropriate level of skill and ability prior to commencing any horse safari.
A full briefing will cover all aspects of safety while on safari and our guides will ensure that the required rules are adhered to.
All safaris are led by Tamlyn Whitebread with a qualified and experienced back-up rider/guide. Tamlyn has a degree in nature conservation and is a qualified safari guide who combines her love for horses with her passion for the bush.
Horse Safari’s Assistants’ Programme
Abelana Safari Camp offers a programme for young riders wishing to obtain a more in-depth understanding of how horse safaris operate. Click here for further information.
For more information, itineraries and rates, download the Abelana Horse Safaris 2020 brochure here: Abelana Horse Safaris 2020 brochure.